Page Eight, David Hare’s espionage thriller staring Billy Nighy and Rachel Weisz, is solid enjoyable fare. It’s nothing hugely original – dodgy American secret activities and a British cover-up, shock horror – and there are some bizarrely poor details (the wooden extras in the background of the first scene in a lift are worth rewinding to watch again, not to mention the question of why later in the film the bundle of bank notes is being carried through a public concourse still in their Waitrose plastic bag).
But, it’s got the quality you’d expect from a David Hare script or the acting of the likes of Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon. There’s enough uncertainty about who to trust to keep the thrills going and enough enjoyable detail to make its relatively slow pace work well.
If you are familiar with the work of David Hare, then the picture of the world this film paints is unsurprising as his own world view comes through clearly once again. However the characters and plot have enough interest than they keep things fresh even whilst the wider outlook feels very familiar.
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